In Broadcast - April 2014 - 48


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InSTUDIO

Squaring Up To Channel Technology

Understanding the business challenge of clients and working to understand the technological route is
the starting point for channel in a box (CiaB) vendors...

By Adrian Pennington
Contributing Editor

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inegy: Technologies and
systems that at one time ran
in a black box are being virtualised
right across the industry. For
Cinegy which is software-only and
always was able to emit IP streams,
losing the box and being able to
run a complete channel in a virtual
machine is a clear benefit.
"The industry is being divided
up into software and hardware
companies. I know which side I'd
rather be on," says Jan Weigner,
CEO. "Hardware is commodity.
Better yet, software can run in
virtual environments reducing the
importance of the hardware further.
A Cinegy channel can be migrated
or automatically failed over in a VM
environment from one physical box
to another in under a second. An
SDI failover switch generally takes
longer to even detect a problem. A
failover from one Cinegy Air channel
emitting IP streams to another can
happen with mere packets delay -
we are talking milliseconds.

Jan Weigner,
Cinegy

"...The industry
is being divided
up into software
and hardware
companies

"

At NAB look out for higher density
solutions; more than 16 SD channels
out of a single dual processor server.
Or eight HD channels with simple
branding or four with complex
branding and graphics. Full Dolby
support and, for the US market,
Nielsen watermark encoding, are
additional key features.
When it comes to quality control,
if your QC workflow starts when
putting files into your playlist you
ought to be fired. "What can a MCR
operator do when the material in
question has terrible colours, has
the wrong or bad audio, or similar
problems?" asks Weigner. "There's

no way to fix this at that stage
and the only alternative is not
broadcasting anything at all or to
completely substitute the item.
"Normally this should have been
caught long before being inserted
into the playlist. The only QC
could be to check that the file in
question is in the format, resolution
and duration as described and has
the right number of audio channels.
Depending on the file format chosen
(e.g. MXF) other metadata can also
be crosschecked. But again, this
late in the game at the playout
stage you only can learn that you
are screwed without being able to
do much about it. "
Miranda Technologies: Scott
Rose, Product Manager, iTX Playout
says Miranda prefers not to be
categorised as a 'CiaB vendor.'
CiaB, he says has become a catchall term that is at once too narrow
and too broad to adequately define
the wide range of CiaB offerings on
the market; "In fact, some systems
being touted as CiaB solutions are
not true CiaB systems at all."
"Miranda's iTX integrated playout
platform, for example, could hardly
be categorised as a channelin-a-box solution because it can
play out hundreds of channels,"
he says. "In fact, it is the single
most deployed system of its kind,
currently playing out thousands of
channels for broadcasters around
the world. Characterising it as a
'box' is a misnomer, and restricting
its power, flexibility and scalability
to 'a channel' borders on insulting.
"It's true that some of the more
advanced CiaB systems have
recently added graphics, multiformat playback, advanced audio
handling and other features
to sweeten their CiaB offering.
However, in the last 12 months a
new focus on the user experience
has emerged, which has brought key
components of the channel chain
that had previously been missing
into the playout equation."
Last year Miranda acquired Softel
and introduced the Miranda
Softel Swift TX subtitle/caption
management and delivery solution
into iTX. "Adding a premier subtitle/
captioning engine is a critical
component of the playout chain

and provides a level
of integration within a
CiaB product that's been
missing from the market,"
says Rose.
"We're as much about
providing business
agility as groundbreaking
technology," he adds.
"What form playout will
take - in a box, on a chip,
on IP-based infrastructure,
software only or in the Cloud - will
always be driven by how viewers
want to consume content."
QC of output has
advanced dramatically in
recent years. Integrated
monitoring enables
operators to manage
more channels and, more
recently, playlist-aware monitoring
using playlist data substantially
reduces the number of false-positive
alarms by activating monitoring
systems only when events that need
to be checked are actually on air.
"What's crucial to the QC process
is to enable operators to take the
reports generated, quickly interpret
the results and actually see the
media at the precise location of any
suspected fault," says Rose.
iTX sits at the core of WTLW TV44
in Lima, Ohio. The station wanted to
replace aging analogue equipment
with an HD-ready workflow that
supported file-based content and
decided on a Miranda package
that included iTX, an NVISION 8144
router and Kaleido-X multiviewer.
Pebble Beach Systems: The shift
from fixed rigid processing to an
adaptable software 'function chain'
is fully accomodated at Pebble
Beach. "Our solutions are already
being engineered to run in softwareonly environments in readiness for
a move towards the use of virtual
machines," says Tom Gittins,
Director of Sales. "For fully IP-based

Pebble Beach Systems Stingray Output

Miranda iTX
Channel Control

Scott Rose,
Miranda
Technologies

"...We're as much
about providing
business agility as
groundbreaking
technology

"

solutions to become widely used,
especially for high profile or high
revenue channels, customers will
need to satisfy themselves that the
necessary processor and bandwidth
performance and reliability can be
provided. We foresee a growing
use of private cloud systems in
the area of linear playout, but early
adoption is likely to happen with
disaster recovery and lower revenue
channels whose schedules have
minimal need for constant operator
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